Hearing set on sewage hook-up for church
by Larry S. Chowning
At a meeting Tuesday night, the Middlesex County Board of Supervisors agreed to hold a public hearing on Tuesday, September 1, to consider a request from All Saints Anglican Church to allow a sewage hook-up to the county-owned sewage line under New Street in Saluda.
The Anglicans want to purchase Centenary United Methodist Church, which is in the courthouse area, but there are no restrooms in the church building. Connecting to the county’s pump-and-haul system would allow restrooms to be built at the church.
The Anglicans wanted to use the bathrooms in the Rappahannock District Methodist office next to the church, but this plan has not been approved by Methodist officials.
Methodist officials also have not agreed to sell the church building to the Anglicans, and have proposed demolishing the structure, which was built in 1882.
However, Foster Lee of West Point, the chairman of the District Methodist Board of Trustees, made the following statement on Wednesday: “We are currently having conversations with a particular party with regards to selling the church. I can’t say anything beyond that at this point.”